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Re: Why do system users have shells?

On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 10:42:34PM +0100, Bernd Eckenfels wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 04:34:52PM -0500, H. S. Teoh wrote:
> > But there are programs that don't use su -s. E.g., custom logins
> > (non-anonymous) from wu-ftpd will fail if the login shell is set to
> > /bin/false.
> You can add /bin/false to /etc/shells to fix that, but actually it is a
> feature to prevent exactly this. login with system user accounts.

No wonder... the problem was, I was trying to setup a chroot user *purely*
for FTP purposes (i.e., no login from localhost). I created the user and
set the shell to /bin/false, but obviously that prevented ftpd from
logging in. :-P


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